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Kenneth K. Bechtel, insurance executive, was born July 4, 1904, in Oakland, California; son of Warren A. and Clara (West) Bechtel. He was a student at the University of California, 1922-23.

            Mr. Bechtel began his career in 1921 in association with W. A. Bechtel Co. (established in 1895), construction engineers, San Francisco, and served as vice president and director from 1925 to liquidation in 1945. He was president and director of the Marinship Corporation from 1942 to 1952; has been president and director of Industrial Indemnity Company since 1931, private underwriter of workmen’s compensation insurance, with home office in San Francisco and also offices in other principal California cities; director of the Bechtel Corporation, American Trust Company, Pacific Far East Line, Inc., and Joshus Hendy Corporation; chairman of Industrial Indemnity Exchange.

            He is vice president of the National Council of Boy Scouts of America and a member of the National Executive Board of same since 1947.

            Mr. Bechtel holds membership in the following clubs: Bohemian, Stock Exchange, Pacific-Union, St. Francis Yacht (San Francisco); California Club of Los Angeles; Marin Yacht (San Rafael, California); and Meadow (Fairfax, California).

            On December 16, 1926, Mr. Bechtel married Elizabeth Hay and they have two sons, Peter Hay, born in 1936, and Jon Hay born in 1938. The family home is in Ross, California.

            Offices:  155 Sansome Street, San Francisco, California.




Transcribed By: Cecelia M. Setty.

Source: “Eminent Californians 1953”, by Lee E. Johnson & C. W. Taylor. Page 118, C. W. Taylor Publ., Palo Alto, California, 1953.

© 2013  Cecelia M. Setty.




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